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I recently found out I am pregnant, due in Aug. We have had our black lab for 6 weeks, he followed me home from our neighborhood park. How do you do new babies and a large needy dog? I am also concerned about safety for my new baby, my dog is a jealous type of dog.
 

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Have you started any kind of training with your dog?

Formal training would be a great starting point. While dogs and handlers do learn commands, the relationship and trust building of doing it together with a group of people and dogs is really valuable.

In the meantime, check out some of the things you can do at home. You mention that your dog is needy and jealous. Now is the time to eliminate those behaviors and set new patterns. Google "nilif" Nothing In Life Is Free for some good ideas on establishing yourself as the boss of the house.
 

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Is your dog crate trained? When a dog is used to spending time in a kennel, it becomes their den. It's a great tool to have. It is very useful to have a safe, comfortable place to put the dog when you can't watch him and the baby closely. It's also nice for the dog to have a place to retreat too one your LO is in the grabby toddler stage. Now would be a good time to introduce a crate and get your dog used to sleeping in it if he isn't already.
 

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Is this the same dog as in these threads?

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...852&highlight=

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...460&highlight=

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...147&highlight=

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...247&highlight=

I'm sorry that you're so concerned about the dog. It sounds like you've got a lot on your plate, it sounded like in one of the previous threads you were crate training him. Labs are a very tough breed...have high exercise requirements. We grew up with a lab mix and if the guy wasn't exercised for nearly two hours a day he was so destructive and hyper.
Completely the wrong dog for our family. But, we didn't 'pick him out' my older brother came home with him, and of course then promptly left for college a couple of years later.
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I would definitely have some training sessions done, and get an exercise routine going. I know I couldn't do it...I only have three kiddos here (though a fourth on the way). My parents couldn't even handle the lab well. Sadly he wound up spending a lot of his time in the mud room we had in our house. SO much in fact that he chewed out the carpet and one corner of the wall.
The should have rehomed him.
 
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